Weekly Meal Plan Hustle #1 – Gameplan

What I struggle with the most is determining what I am going to eat for the day. It takes time, patience, and planning – none of which I am good at. In a previous post, I had a sample menu for one day of the week. Here is the budget break down of that day:

Breakfast Total: ~$0.88 per Sandwich

 Turkey Bacon Breakfast Sandwich

  • English Muffin – $1.79 for 6, 1 for $0.30
  • Thin Sliced Provolone – 2/$5, $2.50 for 20 slices, $0.13 per slice
  • Turkey Bacon – $2.99 for 12 oz., equates to approx.. 12 servings, $0.25 for two slices
  • Egg – $2.39 per dozen, $0.20 per egg
  • Salt & Pepper – Standard Pantry Item

Lunch Total: ~$2.34

Veggie Burger with Corn and Black Bean Salsa Salad

  • Veggie Burger (Boca Brand) – $3.22 for 4, 1 for $0.81
  • Thin Sliced Provolone (Sargento) – 2/$5, $2.50 for 20 slices, $0.13 per slice
  • Corn – $1.00 per can, $0.15 for serving
  • Black Beans – $1.00 per can, $0.15 for serving
  • Olive Oil – Standard Pantry Item
  • Cilantro – $0.99 per handful, approx. $0.10 for this recipe
  • Salt & Pepper – Standard Pantry Item
  • Ground Cumin – Standard Pantry Item
  • Sugar – Standard Pantry Item
  • Salad – $3.99 for 15 oz., $1.00 for this recipe
  • Veggies – Varies depending on availability
  • Chili Powder – Standard Pantry Item

Dinner Total: $2.10 

Roast Chicken with Sweet Potato and Green Beans 

  • Roaster Chicken – $3.79 for 4lb (on sale), approx. $0.75 per serving
  • Sweet Potato – $1.00, $0.50 per serving
  • Green Beans – $1.79/lb, price varies on area/season, $0.85 per serving
  • Salt & Pepper – Standard Pantry Item
  • Olive Oil – Standard Pantry Item
  • Garlic – Standard Pantry Item

Total Day: ~5.32 per person for three meals

Now I know there is lots of speculation here on prices because these numbers can change almost daily. It also depends on where you live, whether or not you buy organic or non-GMO (most of the ingredients above are organic and non-GMO) and whether you use coupons. These prices are pretty normal where I live on the east coast and are also high in some instances too (again due to purchasing organic). I feel it is fair to say you can easily have breakfast, lunch, and dinner for less than $6 per person per day. This equates to $42 per week for one person (on average) or $82 a week for a family of two. My goal is to keep my grocery budget around this amount and document my experiences.

It is also important to note that with the roaster chicken you can get several meals out of it. I also take the bones afterward and make chicken stock that I store in mason jars. I will make a post on this next time I make a chicken. I also stock up on whole chickens when they are on sale. I typically make a chicken when my chicken stock supply is low so that I can restore that supply and fill up my small freezer again.

I am working on a full-week meal plan with a budget breakdown for all of you. If you have a personal budget amount that you are looking to stick to please let me know! I’m happy to tailor the meal plan to fit the needs of my readers.

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5 thoughts on “Weekly Meal Plan Hustle #1 – Gameplan

    • storyofacurvygirl says:

      I have fresh fruit and veggies with almost every single meal. I find that if I don’t at least have veggies I feel awful for the rest of the day. It really is a new feeling for me. I have only been changing my diet and exercise for the past three weeks. It is really eye opening.

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  1. Kristy says:

    Great post! I am working on stocking up my freezer with meat when it is on sale so I only have to buy produce each week- looking forward to more posts 🙂

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    • storyofacurvygirl says:

      Hey Kristy! This is an incredible idea. We do the same thing with roaster chickens. We try to stick to all natural ones and as many organic options as possible. It is REALLY hard to do. It is expensive and one income makes it hard to shop that way. Sometimes we have to have vegetarian meals because we don’t have a meat we feel comfortable eating.

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